Thank you for your support - now let's work together to get the best for our community
General Election confounded all expectations. The
pundits all expected another coalition. Would it be
Labour and the SNP or Conservatives and Lib Dems
again they wondered? In the event a Conservative
majority Government was elected and the Conservative
majority increased here in Dover and Deal.
It is a huge honour and privilege to have been
re-elected to serve as your Member of Parliament. So
much was achieved in the last Parliament. We stopped
the port sell off. We got the new Dover hospital
project back on track and saw it built. The fast
train now sweeps into Deal every hour of every day.
Deal's high street became celebrated at the best in
the nation. Unemployment near halved after rising so
dramatically before 2010.
Much was done. Yet there is much more to do. In the
election I set out a clear plan for the next steps.
To see more investment in Dover and Deal. To see
Burlington House torn down and the Dover town centre
development go ahead. To see the Western Docks
revival taken forward. For the Betteshanger project
that can create up to 1,000 local jobs near Deal
This is what destination Dover and Deal is about.
Getting our community, the District Council and the
Harbour Board working together as a team. Each doing
all they can to see our area become a jewel in the
crown of the nation once more.
This is an exciting time. So many of the building
blocks are in place. Now is the time for delivery.
To make things really happen. Investment that will
help create more jobs and money for our community.
To see lower unemployment and more jobs with better
Next month the new Dover hospital is expected to
open. It should enable so much more healthcare to be
provided locally. Far fewer journeys to Ashford and
Margate. There will be so many services provided
there - including day surgery. The next stage is to
see five star healthcare. Not the big wards of old,
but individual care and recovery suites locally.
This will enable people to get better in our
community. It would mean a big change to the way we
Meanwhile I will continue to fight for the best
possible healthcare settlement at Deal. The future
of the hospital is secure, yet I care deeply about
making sure we have the best possible range of
services - particularly for the elderly, the
vulnerable and those who find it hard to travel.
The next few years should be really exciting for our
community. I am incredibly optimistic about what we
can do together. About the changes we can make to
ensure that in the years to come we will hand over a
much greater community than we found.